What Women Want Next

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In my twenties, I thought sex and career would solve everything. At thirty, I thought marriage would. Later I tried motherhood, therapy, and then divorce. At forty, I decided to renovate.

With all the choices available to today's women, why don't they more feel fulfilled? What Women Want Next is Susan Maushart's meditation—by turns profound and laugh-out-loud funny—on that central dilemma of postfeminist life. At one point she had it all, so why wasn't she happy? With What Women...

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Overview

In my twenties, I thought sex and career would solve everything. At thirty, I thought marriage would. Later I tried motherhood, therapy, and then divorce. At forty, I decided to renovate.

With all the choices available to today's women, why don't they more feel fulfilled? What Women Want Next is Susan Maushart's meditation—by turns profound and laugh-out-loud funny—on that central dilemma of postfeminist life. At one point she had it all, so why wasn't she happy? With What Women Want Next, Maushart combines research with personal history in a dynamic attempt to answer this question.

Feminism may have led women to life's banquet table, but the meal they make of it is up to them. How to balance life and work, sex and sleep, child care and self-care? And why has women's guilt—that glass ceiling of the soul—become the biggest barrier they face? What Women Want Next is the first book to look at the spectrum of a woman's life and attempt to demonstrate how she can shape her own destiny throughout all its stages.

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A feminist's witty and wide-ranging meditation, first published in Australia in 2005, on what makes women happy in the post-feminist era. Maushart (Wifework, 2002, etc.), a columnist for Australia Magazine and a researcher at Curtin University, Perth, draws on a broad range of sources and her own personal experiences as wife, ex-wife and single mother of three in this exploration of women and well-being. Throughout, her wry comments-"I was sick of reading Hallmark cards about motherhood. I wanted the Cliff Notes"-and frank asides make for entertaining reading. Quoting Freud and Friedan and citing research from sociological and psychological journals, other feminist writings, newspapers and magazines, she reports on what it has been said women want in regards to sex, marriage, motherhood and work. In her view, the feminist movement demanded equality and freedom of choice, whereas what's wanted now is equivalency and the courage to choose fearlessly and the wisdom to choose well. Among mothers especially, she finds that "depression levels, stress-related disorders and free-floating guilt and anxiety have reached epidemic proportions." To the overall question of what women want, Maushart acknowledges that there is no single, simple answer. Put in the broadest of terms, it is the power to have richer, more satisfying lives. Hardly profound, but Maushart offers a breezy style, vivid personal anecdotes and a funny take on female-male relationships.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596913523
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Maushart was born in New York and has lived in Australia since 1985. She is a senior research associate at Curtin University, and a columnist for the Australian Magazine. She lives in Perth with her three children.

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